My family and personal life are integral parts of who I am

The Oswald Letter - Mon, 05/15/2017 - 11:01

This week’s Oswald Letter is a guest post from Elizabeth Petersen, Simplify Compliance’s Chief People and Strategy Officer. by Elizabeth Petersen Less than 10 minutes into the interview, I knew I was bombing. I was fresh out of college, interviewing for a “stretch” position as a program manager at a prestigious teaching hospital. I was a...

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Exploring answers to ‘mommy track’ dilemma

Diversity Insight - Sun, 05/14/2017 - 06:59

It’s May, the month with a special day set aside to honor mothers. Those sweet but sloppy gifts made by little hands delight moms on their special day, but then the workweek begins again, bringing with it the stresses of mixing work and family responsibilities. And if the workload at home and at work isn’t enough to deal with, many women...

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Service animal or pet? When Rover comes to work

Diversity Insight - Sun, 05/14/2017 - 06:55

by Erica E. Flores For decades, service animals were used almost exclusively to assist the blind and, in that role, were aptly known simply as guide dogs or seeing-eye dogs. But times have changed. Today, dogs and other service animals—including monkeys, parrots, and miniature horses—are being trained to provide a remarkable variety of services...

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Rural counties must reverse Millennial labor drain

Diversity Insight - Sun, 05/14/2017 - 06:54

by Dinita L. James Hillbilly Elegy: Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis is the nonfiction best seller by J.D. Vance, 31, of Middletown, Ohio, with roots in the hills of Kentucky. He has gained renown since the November 2016 presidential election as a Donald Trump “voter-splainer,” a tribune of the white working poor.  One thing...

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Distracted worker may be entitled to ‘disability’ accommodation

Diversity Insight - Sun, 05/14/2017 - 06:52

by Robert P. Tinnin, Jr. Q One of our workers has been with the company for about three years. From the outset, he has been an outstanding performer. About four months ago, however, he went through a divorce, which appears to have had a major impact on him, and he seems distracted. Both the quantity and the quality of his work have suffered...

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VA student’s transgender bathroom case will not pass ‘Go’ . . . yet

Diversity Insight - Sun, 05/14/2017 - 06:46

by Rachael L. Loughlin Transgender issues continue to be one of the hottest areas of the law today. Recent actions by the Trump administration backing away from the Obama administration’s forceful advocacy of transgender rights may have come as no surprise. Nonetheless, they certainly didn’t help clarify the law. In fact, if anything,...

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Employees’ electronic communications: Be careful what you dig for

Technology for HR - Tue, 05/09/2017 - 10:31

by Maggie A. Hanson Not only have technology and social media permeated political and pop culture, but they have also entered the workplace. Consequently, employers and employees are embroiled in a constant battle over Internet use in the workplace. Some employee Internet use is for legitimate business purposes, but a significant portion is...

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Master self-awareness to grow as a leader

The Oswald Letter - Mon, 05/08/2017 - 10:35

by Dan Oswald How well do you really know yourself? It can seem like a silly question. You spend every day with yourself. You’re privy to all of your most private thoughts. Yet how well do you know yourself? The ancient Chinese philosopher Lao Tzu wrote, “Knowing others is intelligence; knowing yourself is true wisdom. Mastering others is...

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Standing ovation for Adam Jones at Fenway

EntertainHR - Mon, 05/08/2017 - 08:47

Last Monday, the Orioles made headlines for more than just their 5-2 win over the Red Sox at Fenway Park.  Orioles player Adam Jones reported that Red Sox fans called him a racial slur several times and threw a bag of peanuts at him as he was entering the dugout. Police reportedly ejected 34 people, […]

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NLRB guidance regarding social media policies

Technology for HR - Thu, 05/04/2017 - 09:45

by Elijah Yip On January 1, 2017, the National Labor Relations Board’s (NLRB) Office of the General Counsel released an advice memorandum (dated September 22, 2016) reviewing the social media policy in Northwestern University’s revised football handbook. The memorandum contains valuable guidance in an area full of uncertainty. The...

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Be relentless in pursuit of what you want most

The Oswald Letter - Mon, 05/01/2017 - 10:20

by Dan Oswald In the blockbuster Disney movie Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, Captain Jack Sparrow’s most treasured possession is his compass. This makes sense. Jack is a ship’s captain, and he needs his compass to do his job—navigate the high seas. The problem is that his compass doesn’t tell him which direction...

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Fox News & Bill O’Reilly—best practices for conducting internal workplace investigations

EntertainHR - Mon, 05/01/2017 - 03:47

Bill O’Reilly’s reign as a Fox News favorite came to an abrupt end amid a series of sexual harassment allegations against him. After the most recent allegations, Fox News hired large law firm Paul Weiss to conduct its internal investigation.    Workplace investigations are tough, and if your organization can’t afford (or simply does not...

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The costs of data breaches and what HR can do to mitigate damages

Technology for HR - Wed, 04/26/2017 - 07:41

by Milton Whitfield and Jayna Genti In a 2016 Cost of Data Breach Study, the Ponemon Institute, which conducts independent research on data protection, found that malicious or criminal attacks continue to be the primary cause of data breaches nationwide. According to the study, 50% of cyberattack incidents involved a malicious or criminal...

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Unwritten rules cause uncertainty in sports and at work

EntertainHR - Mon, 04/24/2017 - 12:07

Anyone who follows sports, even on a casual basis, has heard about “unwritten rules.” But the problem with unwritten rules is that sometimes they can be subject to different interpretations and standards. This is because, well, the obvious reason that they aren’t written down for everyone to see.  Take the baseball series this past weekend...

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Effective decision making requires two brain systems

The Oswald Letter - Mon, 04/24/2017 - 10:41

by Dan Oswald As a business leader, it’s likely you’re continually looking for ways to make better decisions. If so, you might want to take a look at the book Thinking Fast and Slow by Nobel Prize-winning economist Daniel Kahneman. Kahneman’s book is an interesting look into how people think and make decisions and the biases that affect us...

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Snooping employee must pay to clean up his own mess

Technology for HR - Thu, 04/20/2017 - 10:55

by Al Vreeland Usually we talk about employees who sue their employers over their termination or some other perceived mistreatment. But in this post , we take a look at an employer who flipped the table and sued its former employee over the cost of discovering and fixing damage wrought by his misconduct. Although it’s not always...

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Pick me! Pick me! NFL draft lessons for HR

EntertainHR - Wed, 04/19/2017 - 13:05

The NFL draft is fast approaching, and with it comes the multiple prognostications and mock drafts that try to divine which teams will try to link up with the which talent coming out of the college ranks. Each team will compile exhaustive profiles on which player prospects fit their urgent needs. Fans will hang on […]

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A little compassion would have gone a long way for United Airlines

The Oswald Letter - Mon, 04/17/2017 - 11:28

by Dan Oswald Imagine you own a restaurant. It’s a small, cozy place that caters to families and has a great reputation not only for the food but also for the atmosphere. One evening, a customer comes in and orders that night’s special. When his entrée arrives, he takes issue first with the temperature and then with the taste of the dish....

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Step 1 to promoting diversity: Avoid the ‘lying, crying, and denying’

Diversity Insight - Sun, 04/16/2017 - 06:59

The human resources team plays a key role in promoting diversity within an organization. After all, it’s HR that works to recruit and retain people from diverse backgrounds. And it’s up to HR to communicate—not just to executives but to the rank and file as well—just why diversity is important. But how does HR sometimes end up being the...

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You say gorilla, I say guerilla

Diversity Insight - Sun, 04/16/2017 - 06:58

by Mark I. Schickman Political correctness is a moving target in America today—President Donald Trump got elected in part because of his battle against it. But it remains alive and well in broadcast journalism, as ESPN tennis commentator Doug Adler learned earlier this year.    Adler was an All-American tennis player during his...

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